A 2-year-old girl was accidentally killed on Saturday from a gunshot wound to the chest. According to a post on the Wickliffe Police's Facebook page
, they received a 911 call from a Euclid Avenue hotel regarding the shooting of a 2-year-old child.
Police arrived and began performing CPR in an attempt to revive the child, later passing off to the paramedics that arrived shortly after. The child was then taken to Lake West Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The police's initial investigation showed that the child's mother was handling the firearm when it discharged and shot the child in the chest. Why the mother was handling a loaded firearm with the safety off is beyond comprehension.
As reported by Wickliffe police, the firearm was legally possessed and the mother was a conceal and carry permit holder. This is a truly tragic accident and the Wickliffe police have yet to release a name of the victim or the mother.
This horrific incident will undergo a full investigation, and will be reviewed to determine what, if any, criminal charges should be filed. The negligence shown by this mother is abhorrent, but as circumstances surrounding this event are still limited, we will await details before casting the first stone.
Perhaps this accident could have been prevented if only the 2-year-old had also been in possession of a firearm. Or, you know, not.